Joby Warrick

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Joby Warrick
Born (1960-08-04) August 4, 1960 (age 57)
Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA
Education B.A., Temple University
Occupation Reporter
Works Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS
Awards 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service
2016 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction

Joby Warrick (born August 4, 1960) is an American journalist who has won two Pulitzer Prizes. He has worked for The Washington Post since 1996, mostly writing about the Middle East, diplomacy and national security. He has also written about the intelligence community, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) proliferation and the environment, and has also served as a member of the Post’s investigation branch.


He was given the award for best interpretation of international affairs in a newspaper by the Overseas Press Club of America, for his articles about proliferation threats,.[1] In September 2002, Warrick was one of the first journalists to publish reports casting doubt on the Bush administration's claims that aluminum tubes discovered in Iraq were appropriate for use in uranium centrifuges.[2] A February, 2013 report by Warrick about ceramic ring magnets which Iran made an effort to procure was criticized by scientists for the report's assertion that the magnets were specially suited for nuclear fuel enrichment.[3] Warrick responded that despite other possible uses for the magnets, the large number of them that Iran attempted to obtain was consistent with public declarations Iran had made to the International Atomic Energy Agency about its intent to increase its number of operating centrifuges.

Warrick is the author of "The Triple Agent", a narrative culminating in the December 30, 2009, Camp Chapman attack in Afghanistan, which resulted in the murder of seven CIA employees by a suicide bomber.[4][5][6] Warrick credits Bob Woodward for helping him structure the book's manuscript.[7]

Prior to his work at The Washington Post, Warrick reported for The News and Observer of Raleigh, N.C., where he shared the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service with Melanie Sill and Pat Stith, for a series of articles on "the environmental and health risks of waste disposal systems used in North Carolina's growing hog industry."[8][9] The North Carolina native was previously an Eastern Europe correspondent for UPI and also worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Delaware County Daily Times.

On April 18, 2016, Joby Warrick was awarded his second Pulitzer for his book Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS.

Personal life[edit]

An alumnus of Temple University, Warrick lives in Washington, D.C., and has two children by his wife Maryanne Jordan Warrick.



  1. ^ "Bob Consadine Award, 2003". Overseas Press Club Of America. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ Kurtz, Howard (August 12, 2004). "The Post on WMDs: An Inside Story". Washington Post. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ Butt, Yousef (February 20, 2013). "Iran Centrifuge Magnet Story Technically Questionable". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Al-Qaida 'Triple Agent' Who Infiltrated The CIA". National Public Radio. July 19, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "After Words with Joby Warrick". C-SPAN Book TV. July 11, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ Rutter, John (September 3, 2011). "Hempfield grad spied a story". Lancaster Online. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Q & A with Billy Warden and Greg Behringer: Joby Warrick". Walter: Raleigh's Life & Soul. October 31, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "The 1996 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Public Service". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved August 11, 2012.  With short biography of Sill and reprints of 9 works (February 1995 News Observer articles).
  9. ^ Prasad, Meghna (October 17, 2002). "Joby Warrick Comes Home". Temple Alumni News. Retrieved August 6, 2012. 

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